Harvard senior co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry are expected to miss the entire 2012-13 season after being accused in a widespread academic cheating scandal, sources told SI.com. Before Harvard's fall enrollment deadline closed Wednesday -- after a one-day extension by the college due to a website error -- the two stars withdrew from school in an attempt to preserve their final year of eligibility.
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Curry's father, Herman Curry, confirmed to SI on Tuesday that his son had been accused in the scandal. Neither Harvard coach Tommy Amaker nor his players have responded to SI's requests for comment.
According to sources, Casey, an all-Ivy League forward, and Curry, a the team's starting point guard, had the option of enrolling for the fall 2012 semester and fighting the allegations, but risked losing their final seasons of Ivy League eligibility if the administrative board did not rule in their favor. By withdrawing for two semesters, they leave the door open for re-admission to Harvard -- and a return to the basketball team -- in 2013-14 once their cases are settled. This March, with Casey leading the team in scoring (at 11.4 points per game) and Curry averaging a team-high in assists (5.0), the Crimson won their first-ever Ivy League title and reached their first NCAA tournament since 1946.
Amaker, who came to Harvard in 2007 after being dismissed from Michigan, has coached the Crimson to 20-win seasons in each of the past three years, including a 26-5 record in 2011-12. They were the early favorite to repeat as Ivy League champions next season, given that Casey, who also considered attending Stanford and Vanderbilt out of high school in Medway, Mass., was a potential contender for Ivy League player of the year and Curry was expected to be among the conference's best point guards. For at least one season, Harvard will have to make do without them.